Out now for the PlayStation 4, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II has no shortage of easter eggs that reference the developer’s history. One such cheeky nod is the appearance of a PlayStation 3, as well as a familiar franchise.
There is a PlayStation 3 that you can find very early on in The Last of Us Part II, so early in fact that you can find it almost as soon as you start controlling Ellie.
Once Ellie gets out of bed, walk over to the big television in her room and then look below it to find the original fat PlayStation 3.
As well as the console, there’s a copy of Jak and Daxter Collection: a bundle of the three PS2 classics that released for the PlayStation 3 system on February 7th, 2012, long before the events of Outbreak Day on September 26th, 2013.
In the real world, that same collection is also on PS4, but as the PS4 released after Outbreak Day, it looks like the survivors are stuck playing the PlayStation 3 and Vita. There’s actually more references to the Vita in The Last of Us Part II than there are people at Sony who remember they released it.
There’s actually another reference to the PlayStation 3 and its games slightly further on in the game. You can find another PlayStation 3, this time with Uncharted games, when you venture over to Eugene’s little hideout slightly further along in the story.
For all of its faults and issues that player may have with the game, there’s no denying that Naughty Dog put a lot into The Last of Us Part II, whether that’s the little details like these or the intricacies of the game’s design in general.
Honestly, though, we could do with a trip back to the Jak universe after this for a breath of fresh air.
The Last of Us Part II is out now exclusively for the PlayStation 4. From our review:
“In trying to subvert expectations, The Last of Us Part II discards the best aspects of its predecessor to provide a rote revenge tale that is ill-considered, ending on a note that makes everything — all the violence, all the loss, all the struggle — feel utterly, hopelessly pointless.”
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